Our respite care means so much to parents who are looking after a very sick child 24 hours a day. It gives them time out with their partners, their other children or simply a chance to catch up with some day-to-day tasks, safe in the knowledge their child is being looked after by people they know and trust.
Our nurses and carers provide life-changing support for parents and their children both in the hospice and in their own homes. We are there year-round and in a crisis, offering emergency respite and overnight care.
We are also there when the worst happens, offering emotional and practical support at the end of a childís life.
We need to raise £3.9 million in 2014, yet we receive less than 10 per cent of our total annual funding from the government. The rest of our essential income is raised through the generosity of the Dorset community, corporate partners and charitable foundations.
While fundraising may be tough, itís not as tough as the challenges facing Juliaís House families every day.